Bishop Street Methodist Church
10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF
The pipe organ at Bishop Street Methodist Church is ranked among the top handful of Leicester’s pipe organs. With a three manual Hill Norman and Beard console and casework that dates back possibly to the time of Father Smith, it both looks and sounds both impressive and harmonious.
We are delighted to report that the Organ Restoration fund has received a massive boost with £44,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This goes towards a total project cost of £92,000, and with our own fundraising, a legacy, grants from our district and circuit and the Historic Churches Trust we are now within £7,000 of the required total.
On granting the Heritage Lottery fund award, Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, said,
This is an instrument that has accompanied many special moments in Bishop Street Methodist Church’s history but is now clearly in need of repair. With the church’s bicentenary this year, it’s also a timely moment to make this National Lottery investment which will ensure the powerful sounds of the historic organ echo out over the pews for many years to come
Revd Fran Rhys, Bishop Street Minister says,
We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are optimistic that the organ restoration project will take the church’s arts and spirituality outreach in the city centre from strength to strength
LATEST NEWS: March 28th 2016 – The first phase of our long-planned Organ restoration has begun!. The Organ Repairers will be taking away various parts from inside the organ, to renew and repair them in their workshop. At the same time, scaffolding is going up over the pulpit and choir gallery, so that the cracks in the arch can be sorted out, and the whole of that area redecorated. The Scaffolding will be there for several weeks, and the phase-one works should be complete by the end of April. We will then have a pause, during which we have an organ concert by Nigel Ogden on Saturday 21th May at 3 p.m, and various bicentenary events, with the phase two works beginning later in the summer.
Video Introduction (Sept 2016)